At least five killed in earthquake in southern Russia

Other News Materials 11 October 2008 19:11 (UTC +04:00)

At least five people were killed in an earthquake in Russia's North Caucasus region on Saturday, a report said.

A man was killed when a wall collapsed in Chechnya, the Interfax news agency reported, quoting officials. At least one of the victims was a child. At least 24 people were injured, reported dpa.

Authorities said the quake had a magnitude of 5.3. Buildings in the Chechen capital Grozny and other cities were damaged, reported Interfax, again quoting local officials. Many people in the capital fled their homes in fright.

A hospital in the city of Shali was partially destroyed.

The quake came a little less than a week after a stronger earthquake in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, near the Chinese and Tajik borders, claimed 70 lives.